Four days ago, I decided to go into Rogers Toys on Middle Street, Lowell, MA because several members of a facebook group I'm in (about Lowell) often mentioned this store, and wondered if it was still in business. I went to the store and told the owner and assistant who I was and asked if I could take photos for my blog. Without hesitation, he said, "yes." When I got home, I posted them, with a short paragraph about how neat the store was, all the merchandise...but it was missing shoppers.
Within hours, many in the group of over 4,000 responded with 108 wonderful comments, 367 Likes and 107 shared it, which meant more people saw it. To me, this was a viral post going around the United States. Everybody was interested in the store, and they all want to keep it in business, more years than the current 70 years. Almost all the stores from the late 60s, when I first lived here, has either closed or left.
Gary Rogers, holding the 13 page printout of comments. He had a shopper come in and mention the facebook page, so he assumed it was due to my posting the photos to the Lowell group. I want to thank all of you who shared and commented. This is about keeping something old in Lowell that we all remember, our parents also, and not just the buildings.
Above photo taken on my first visit. When I asked Roger if he had any old photos of the store, he pulled out a binder with quite a few. I chose two to take photos of. Once thing about former Lowell residents, they love to see the old. All the buildings in downtown Lowell are pretty much the same as in 1909. I have no idea how old this building is, but it is listed in the 1918 Lowell City Directory, that I happen to have. (My genealogy friends will love hearing that.) Their phone number was simply 4000.
J. B. Cover and Company, Flour and Grain
Permission to post given by Gary Rogers.
Store photos taken today, November 10, 2014.
A video was done of the store, by an unknown person.
See HERE for short clip.